Son of John
Son of John, by **** lines Destroyed Baptised by flames, oh tempered heart Too late As I wade through your seas of hope Clad only in my faith To wear the victor's laurel wreath And kneel before your grace Feet of clay, no steps divine Betrayed Capsize or sail, let Hobson's choice Prevail As I wade through your fields of hope Clad only in my faith To wear the victor's laurel wreath And kneel before your grace But what do I, what do I do now Jiust wander round in circles In some smoke grey haze Or go trawling through the low dives Picking up the high fives Trying to find some drive A will to survivie What tricks my mad mind plays As I wade through your fields of hope Clad only in my faith To wear the victor's laurel wreath And kneel before your grace Son of John
Talk about scarping the bottom of the barrel. I was cleaning out my office at work during January and found a music book that I had purchased when I was undertaking some jazz guitar lessons in the early 70s. It had some doodling and chord progressions and some scraps of lyrics in it and I found the skeleton of this song. As best as I can place it, I started writing this in about 1971 or 1972. It was about the time that Jack Bruce released his Harmony Row album and a time when I had started to take up learning something about the piano. When I found the notes in the book I started to play it on the guitar I keep at work and it still seemed okay. I then played around with the chords in the chorus and added a middle 8 and whammy....instant song. A couple of people have mentioned a Procol Harum influence and it's pretty undeniable. Gary Brooker was one of my favourite writers and singers at the time. I had Harmony Row and Procol's Home on pretty high rotation at the time of the initial inspiration. Lyrically it owes a lot to the weird and wacky lyrics of the late 60s, early 70s (Pete Brown (Cream and Jack Bruce), Keith Reid (Procol Harum) and Pete Sinfield (King Crimson). You may not believe it, but there is in fact some meaning to the lyrics. Hope you enjoy.